Acc seating map raptors
Acc map raptors. Acc seating map raptors (Canada) to print. Acc seating map raptors (Canada) to download. The acc raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario (see acc seating map raptors). They are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team of acc raptors was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, as part of the NBA expansion into Canada. When the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian team in the NBA. Acc raptors originally played their home games at the SkyDome, before moving to the Air Canada Centre in 1999.
Like most expansion teams, the acc raptors struggled in their early years; but after the acquisition of Vince Carter through a draft day trade in 1998, the team set league attendance records and made the NBA Playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to a franchise high 47 wins and their first playoff series win in 2001, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the 2002–03 and 2003–04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress and he was traded in 2004 to the New Jersey Nets (see acc seating map raptors). After Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader, but they continued to struggle.
The acc raptors were established on 30 September 1993, when the NBA, as part of its expansion into Canada, awarded its 28th franchise to a group headed by Toronto businessman John Bitove for a then-record expansion fee of $125 million. The acc raptors, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, played their first game in 1995, and were the first NBA teams based in Canada since the 1946–47 Toronto Huskies (see acc seating map raptors).